Visio 2016 MAK auto activation issue

Jesse Tekyi-Ansah
Occasional Visitor

Visio 2016 MAK auto activation issue

I am trying to install Visio 2016 Standard MAK with Office 365 ProPlus 2016 however it will not activate. The reason for installing MAK is that my organisation does not want to upgrade the licence to Office 365 Visio 2016 (that you assign a licence through the portal).

I get the following error in the account tab of Visio.


I am using these Microsoft instructions to do the install:


I have the following in my config.xml


  <Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Channel="Deferred">

            <Product ID="VisioStdXVolume" PIDKEY="xxxxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx">

            <Language ID="en-us"/>



          <Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="TRUE" />

            <Updates Enabled="FALSE" AutoUpgrade="FALSE" />

            <Logging Level="Standard" Path="C:\Temp" />

            <Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="TRUE"/>

            <Property Name="PinIconsToTaskbar" Value="FALSE"/>



I have tried entering the following for the PIDKEY:

  • MAK key from the volume licence center
  • GVLK from the Microsoft document NY48V-PPYYH-3F4PX-XJRKJ-W4423

None of which correctly activate it to the KMS server.

If we use our MAK key and click “Activate over the internet” in Visio this works and reduces the number of MAK keys available correctly, but we don’t want users to have do this and it should be activating using our KMS server (which works for all our other Microsoft products).

  • Office 365
  • ProPlus